viernes, octubre 10, 2008

Other Words: 6th Annual International Poetry Festival 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008, 5 pm

OTHER WORDS 6th San Francisco International Poetry Festival will draw poets from nine different nations to a variety of local venues from October 10-12, co-sponsored by the San Francisco offices of several international consulates and cultural institutes, along with local literary arts organizations.

Reading at City Lights will be:

France: Jean Michel Espitallier

Germany: Michel Abdullahi & Sulaiman Masomi

Switzerland: Fabiano Alborghetti

Sweden: Li Li

Italy: Biancamaria Frabotta

Taking place for the sixth time in eight years, the Other Words San Francisco International Poetry Festival will this year bring together fourteen poets & performing artists from a diversity of ten nations: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. The poets will read their own poetry in its original language (as is the practice at international poetry festivals worldwide), with English-language translations, the work of acclaimed translators, read by the poet or translator.

The Other Words International Poetry Festival began in San Francisco in Fall 1999 and has taken place in alternating years since then, organized by the consulates and cultural institutes of several European countries operating in San
Francisco, working together with two or three locally-based literary and arts institutions. This modest act of international collaboration, it seems to me, helps create the space for a number of unusual poetic possibilities to happen.

It allows for the rare chance that a poet writing out of an acutely particular cultural milieu and poetic condition might be heard by an audience from elsewhere. It offers the radical occasion for an audience of poetry to cut through
crippling monocultural presumptions and witness a poet's voice sounding from "the outside." It builds on the groundwork of literary translators, mostly poets "carrying over" the work of the foreign to affect and sound alongside their own
poetic practice.

At its best, the Other Words Festival initiates new meetings between distinctive poets and acts of poetry which otherwise, because of geographic circumstance and gaps between languages or, worse, "global-political" divides, tend to be assumed are incommunicado. It introduces difference to difference.

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